I don’t have time to get sick. I’m pretty healthy, but when I’m out, I’m out for the count. Undoubtedly, you’ve seen the push for the flu shot recently. I’ve read articles that the flu shot isn’t going to really help this year, etc… My wife and I didn’t get the flu shot last year and we got it over our Christmas break (2013). We sent the kids to my parents house and spent New Year’s Eve dealing with symptoms and recovering. It sucked! This year, I’m not getting the shot either. So when people around me start getting sick, I take notice!
I work in an elementary school and it is amazing how parents will send their sick kids to school with a little bit of Tylenol and let them spread germs. Some of my co-workers have been diagnosed with the flu too. I’ve been diffusing Thieves in my office and I’ve been sucking down my vitamins. But this last Friday, I started to feel run down…I was kind of feeling like last December!
Everyone at work/school knows that I believe in essential oils, herbal remedies, etc… I’ve been telling others about Sambucol, elderberry extract, for treating flu too. So when I got home on Friday afternoon, I took the recommended dosage (on the back of the bottle) of Sambucol – tsp (10ml), and went to bed. I slept for five hours.
When I woke up, I took another dosage of Sambucol*, you can take it four times a day, and two capsules of Apple Cider Vinegar. I put some Thieves essential oils (Thanks Nick) on my feet and chest, and Spark Natural’s allergy relief on my forehead and the back of my neck. I then got to work on Prepper Website for the evening. Throughout the evening, I made and drank two cups of Echinacea tea, honey and Hot Echinacea Tincture** that I purchased a while back from Frugally Sustainable. My wonderful wife also made me Chicken soup (I need to share the recipe sometime), which I KNOW always helps!
I felt a little bit better on Saturday morning. I had a little headache because I slept later than I normally did and I hadn’t had coffee. Or, it could have been just sinus pressure, but I don’t believe so. I poured a cup of coffee and started with another round of Thieves on my chest and feet. I put a little bit more allergy relief on my forehead and the back of my neck, took my vitamins: C (I took extra), Fish Oil, B12, Multi, Cayenne Pepper and Apple Cider Vinegar caps. My wife made some eggs and sausage, so I ate a little. I didn’t feel run down.
On Sunday, we stepped out as a family to take a family pic for a project my niece was doing. It was cold and humid and after about 30 minutes, I got the chills and wasn’t feeling too hot. I came home and continued with everything I was doing. But by Monday morning I felt horrible.
I called in sick and after everyone left the house, I slept for another 5 hours! I continued doing everything I was doing to get better and by Tuesday morning I felt ready to go back to work.
I could have gone to the doctor at the first sign of not feeling well. They would have given me a flu test and even if I tested negative, they would have still given me a prescription for Tamiflu, which with my crappy insurance, would have cost me over $125! The doctor would have probably given me prescriptions for a bunch of other crap that I didn’t need. But if I would have tested positive for the flu, the doctor wouldn’t have done anything differently.
The time to prepare for when you don’t feel good is when you feel good! So make sure you have supplies on hand before you have to order off of Amazon or run to a crowded store! You also need to know your own body and what you need. It’s amazing that many times what we need is just rest and some good food. Staying hydrated is very important too.
*Sambucol is an Elderberry extract that has gone through some trials and tests. According to a 2001 abstract published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health,
“Sambucol – are based on a standardized black elderberry extract. They are natural remedies with antiviral properties, especially against different strains of influenza virus. Sambucol was shown to be effective in vitro against 10 strains of influenza virus. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study, Sambucol reduced the duration of flu symptoms to 3-4 days. Convalescent phase serum showed a higher antibody level to influenza virus in the Sambucol group, than in the control group…. We conclude from this study that, in addition to its antiviral properties, Sambucol Elderberry Extract and its formulations activate the healthy immune system by increasing inflammatory cytokine production. Sambucol might therefore be beneficial to the immune system activation and in the inflammatory process in healthy individuals or in patients with various diseases. Sambucol could also have an immunoprotective or immunostimulatory effect when administered to cancer or AIDS patients, in conjunction with chemotherapeutic or other treatments. In view of the increasing popularity of botanical supplements, such studies and investigations in vitro, in vivo and in clinical trials need to be developed.”
** I don’t believe Frugally Sustainable is still selling the tincture. However, with the recipe on the website, I ordered the supplies and made my own tincture. I will follow up with another article soon.
I’m not a doctor. This article is just sharing what I did to feel better.
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